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Offline thaiga

Accused child abuser, 93, caught fleeing into Burma
« on: August 05, 2012, 11:54:47 AM »
A 93-year-old Australian man attempted to escape charges that he raped four young Thai sisters by fleeing illegally into Burma, Thai police say.

Under escort … Karl Joseph Kraus is escorted, against his will, across the Burmese border into the hands of Thai police.

But instead of being taken to Burma's largest city, Rangoon, and deported to Australia, Karl Joseph Kraus, a former railway worker, was escorted by Burmese police and officials back across the border into the hands of Thai police.

Looking frail and dishevelled, Mr Kraus pleaded to be returned to Burma where he had been staying illegally for about a month after skipping bail on Thai charges of rape and sexual abuse.

''Where am I? Take me back to Burma. I want to go. You are illegal. My embassy should be here,'' he pleaded with Thai officials late on Friday at the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge near the northern Thai city of Chiangmai.

When asked what he had been doing in Burma, Mr Kraus replied: ''Mostly in jail.''

Sitting in a border office surrounded by Thai and Burmese officials, Mr Kraus said: ''I am 93 years old and you treat me like this … it is so illegal.

''The embassy man should be here. Why do you like this?''

A Burmese official, who declined to give his name, said Mr Kraus entered Burma by illegally crossing a river and travelled to the Karen state capital of Pa-an where he rented a room for several weeks until his arrest on
July 24.

Burmese authorities discovered he had entered Burma illegally when they checked his travel documents.

The charges against Mr Kraus are among the most serious Thai police have investigated in recent years.

Police allege one of four under-age sisters he lured to his house with promises of imported chocolates and English lessons was aged five when alleged abuses began.

Police allege they seized more than 100 photographs of naked children, including some with him posing with them.

Police say Mr Kraus gave the children money.

They allege he emailed some pictures overseas, suggesting he was part of an international paedophilia network, which police are investigating.

The girls' parents told police they learnt of the alleged abuse when they asked the girls what was wrong because they had lost interest in playing outside.

Police say Mr Kraus approached the girls' family in 2008 with an offer to teach the sisters English.

He has been a frequent long-stay visitor in Thailand for more than a decade.

Mr Kraus claims he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Thai authorities, who levelled bogus charges against him. His family in Australia say he has been denied access to medicine and proper care while facing the charges, which were laid in June 2010.

They say that, while Mr Kraus was in custody, it was made clear to him the charges would be dropped if he paid the equivalent of $14,175 to several parties, including Thai officials.

Berlin-born Mr Kraus has been an Australian citizen for decades.

A new judge was recently appointed to hear the charges against Mr Kraus, meaning his trial will probably not be heard for months.

Neighbours say that, until recently, Mr Kraus drove a car and appeared spritely, but he has appeared in a wheelchair at his most recent court appearances.

Thai police colonel Apichart Hathsin, who has investigated Mr Kraus since 2010, warned that the opening of Burma to outsiders was attracting foreign criminals.

He also called for an increase in bail for Thai suspects. ''In most cases of foreign paedophiles escaping conviction, they usually post bail and then make a run for it, out of the country,'' Colonel Hathsin said.

'' I think it would be a good idea to increase the amount of bail to correspond with the
suspect's original country. Otherwise, they will be able to afford the bail and then escape.''

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/accused-child-abuser-93-caught-fleeing-into-burma-20120804-23ma8.html#ixzz22e16RLX5


 

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Re: Accused child abuser, 93, caught fleeing into Burma
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 11:37:18 AM »
93-year old Australian accused of child rape in Thailand


Accused paedophile Karl Joseph Kraus is helped from a prison van in Chiang Mai. Photo: AM Sandford

THAILAND: A 93-year-old Australian man accused of raping four young Thai sisters in one of the worst child sex abuse cases investigated in Thailand is likely never to face justice.

Karl Joseph Kraus, a former railway worker from Sydney, wants a court to drop the charges because he says he is suffering from terminal prostate cancer.

“I’ll be dead,” Mr Kraus told Fairfax Media from a court cell in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai.

“Nobody helps me. This is terrible … they put me in jail when I was sick,” he said.

“I can’t walk but they still put me in prison.”

A lawyer acting for Mr Kraus is gathering evidence from doctors, which he says will lead to Chiang Mai court dismissing the charges on the basis his client is unfit to stand trial.

Mr Kraus, who attempted to flee to Burma last year, could be free by March 18, by when the court has agreed to examine his medical records. If convicted of the offences, Mr Kraus would face up to 20 years' jail.

Brought from jail to the court on Monday, Mr Kraus complained that “nobody helps me” and “I done nothing wrong.”

“I don’t know what to do,” he said.

But during his time at the court several people helped him, including two officials from the Australian embassy who brought him fresh muffins and juice.

Several jail inmates who were at the court for their own cases also helped Mr Kraus from a prison van and pushed him in a wheelchair into court, where he complained his lawyer was a “fake” and where he complained the Australian officials were not doing enough for him.

“The German embassy can find a good lawyer to help me,” said Mr Kraus, who was born in Berlin but has been an Australian citizen for decades.


Police allege one of four under-age sisters Mr Kraus lured to a house with promises of imported chocolates and English lessons was only five when the abuse began.

Police allege they seized more than 100 photographs of naked children, including some with Mr Kraus posing with them.

Police say Mr Kraus gave his young victims money. They also allege he emailed some obscene pictures overseas, suggesting he was part of an international paedophilia network.

The girl’s parents told police they suspected abuses were occurring when the girls lost interest playing outside.
Despite the seriousness of the charges Mr Kraus was granted bail of $12,900 after he was arrested in 2010.

While on bail he appeared spritely and drove a car around Chiang Mai while making allegations he was denied medical care and that Thai officials had offered bribes to free him.

No evidence was presented to back up the claims.

In August last year Mr Kraus crossed the Thai border and illegally entered Burma where he later told police he hoped to be arrested and deported to Australia.

But instead Burmese police and officials escorted back across the border into the hands of Thai police who saw that his bail was revoked in Thailand and that he went to jail.

Mr Kraus has frequently stayed for long periods in Chiang Mai, a city popular with foreign tourists.



Accused paedophile Karl Joseph Kraus is helped from a prison van in Chiang Mai. Photo: AM Sandford

http://www.smh.com.au/world/93year-old-australian-accused-of-child-rape-in-thailand-20130305-2fhhs.html#ixzz2MdXrjkn6
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Accused child abuser, 93, caught fleeing into Burma
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 11:50:12 AM »
Seems like he has never heard of criminal prosecution functioning as deterrent mainly. Pitying him would give the wrong signal.
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Re: Accused child abuser, 93, caught fleeing into Burma
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 12:06:21 PM »
Maybe the Brits are not so bad after all.
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Offline thaiga

Re: Accused child abuser, 93, caught fleeing into Burma
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 12:13:06 PM »

“All men are created equal but some are more equal than others…” :salute

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93-Year-old Australian accused of sexually assaulting Thai children goes on trial



A 93-year-old Australian man appeared in court in Thailand today accused of raping four sisters while living in South-East Asia.

THAILAND – April 29,2013; Karl Joseph Kraus had to be carried from a prison bus into a wheelchair by other inmates in order to be wheeled into the dock in Chiang Mai province, in the north of the country.

He is alleged to have attacked the girls, aged between seven and 15, in 2010.

After being arrested and bailed on suspicion of rape, Kraus attempted to flee to Burma, from where he was deported for not having a valid visa.

His lawyers are now trying to get the rape case dropped, arguing that he is too ill to stand trial.

Last month he told the Sydney Morning Telegraph, ‘I’ll be dead’ before proceedings conclude, adding ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’

Kraus, a German-born Australian citizen, is suffering from an array of serious illnesses such as dementia and cancer, according to his lawyers.

However, while free on bail he was apparently seen driving around Chiang Mai and did not seem to be in poor health.

The former railway worker had been living in Thailand for more than a decade when he first met the girls he was alleged to have abused in 2008.

Thai police claimed that Kraus offered to teach the children English, and persuaded them to visit his house by offering them chocolate and money.

But the girls then told their parents that the OAP had repeatedly attacked them, and the parents reported Kraus to the police.

Officials allegedly found more than 100 child pornography images on his computer, many of which had been emailed to addresses based outside Thailand.

However, Kraus later claimed that he was told the case would be dropped if he agreed to bribe police with a sum equivalent to £10,000.

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Re: Accused child abuser, 93, caught fleeing into Burma
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2013, 01:42:22 PM »
Son of a bitch is lucky they don't cut him to pieces... I'd help if asked!
 

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Re: Accused child abuser, 93, caught fleeing into Burma
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2013, 02:55:53 PM »
Would you want your Children to be taught English by this man ?
Even 5 years ago ? I wouldn't.
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Offline thaiga

Re: Accused child abuser, 93, caught fleeing into Burma
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2013, 03:38:57 PM »
Case suspended for 93yo Australian on trial for sex abuse in Thailand

An elderly Australian man on trial for child sex offences in Thailand has had his case suspended for medical reasons and looks likely to be released on bail.

Karl Joseph Kraus, 93, is accused of abusing four Thai sisters, one as young as five, in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai.

The German-born former railway worker has held an Australian passport for many years and spent substantial time living in Thailand.

His lawyer has argued that he suffers from depression and is also suffering from advanced prostate cancer.

Kraus had his bail revoked when he absconded to Myanmar last year.

He will have to repost bail next week before being released for medical treatment that is expected to last a number of months.

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Accused paedophile dies in jail

CHIANG MAI: A 94-year-old Australian accused of peadophilia has died in jail.

Karl Joseph Kraus died on Thursday while awaiting traial on charges of raping four sisters aged between 7 and 15 at his home in Doi Saket, according to the Phuket News.

Seated in a wheelchair, Kraus made his first court appearance iin Chiang Mai on April 30 last year. His lawyers argued that he was not fit to stand trial because he was suffering from dementia and cancer.

Kraus was originally arrested in 2010. Parents of the four sisters claimed he had lured the girls to his house by offering them English lessons, money, and chocolate.

Germany-born Kraus, a former railway worker from Sydney who lived for a time in Western Australia, was accused of abusing the four sisters for almost two years.

Arresting officers also found child pornography on Kraus's computer. Authorities said he faced up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

He pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault.

Following his arrest Kraus was granted bail of 400,000 baht but fled to Myanmar. Authorities there arrested him in August 2012 for lacking a valid visa and sent him back to Thailand, where he was locked up for jumping bail.

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